How Do You Know When Kale Seeds Are Ready?

| 6/10/2012 9:24:39 AM

A photo of Shannon SaiaFirst of all, thanks to Coret, Vanessa, James and N. Dave for commenting on my post about discovering the kale seed pods. I tried to answer your comments but encountered some technical difficulties posting my responses. So, James, here is the answer to your question about how you know that the seeds are ready.

About a week ago I pulled all of that gangly kale out of the garden, because it was smothering my onions, half of which I have already lost because they ended up growing in the shade of the bolting kale. But that’s okay. This has been a great experience.

Today I harvested my seeds!

As far as when I knew that they were ready, I was guessing. I had split open a few green and half-brown pods and kept finding green seeds inside. Since I have been buying brassicas seeds for a while now, I know they’re supposed to be little black/brown balls. So I figured I’d just leave the pods on there until they turned brown and dried up. So I left them laying in a corner of my yard, where sure enough, they turned brown and dried out. This morning I went out there to get the seeds.

kale seeds pods on plant

It became clear right away that there was no way I would be able to get every seed. For one thing, who has the patience? Another thing I suppose is that I may be finding volunteer kale coming up in my yard for years to come.

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6/18/2012 1:29:19 PM

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6/13/2012 2:31:53 AM

S.M.R., I haven't tried to save seeds from any thing yet. I'm having to rethink my backyard five raised beds. I am leaning toward a supplier of plants for Terra Nova Gardens. I'm not sure what that will look like just yet but I suspect it will be more about cold frames in the spring and more starter plants during the summer months. A friend of mine is moving to Colorado. For helping with many thing during the last couple years, I have inherited a lawn mower, a refrigerator, a garden tiller, and many assorted hand tools for gardening. What a great payment for helping. I have need of all those things for Terra Nova Gardens. So once again, there's been a contribution to Terra Nova Gardens. I really must put a blog post together to update everyone on the progress of Terra Nova Gardens. Maybe seed saving are in the future of the Urban Ranch (backyard raised beds). I am leaning more toward the cultivation of spring volunteer planting in the fall. I got it to work once. I can do it again. It will be an interesting experiment. Have a great seed saving day.

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